Rekia Boyd

Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, 45, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd, 22.  

Boyd was an innocent bystander on March 21, 2012 when Servin responded to a noise disturbance call. Servin exchanged words with Antonio Cross, who was causing the disturbance. Once the officer turned away from Cross, he alleges he saw Cross pull out a gun, which in fact was actually a cell phone. But Servin already had his guns blazing.  Cross was shot in the thumb and Boyd was shot in the head.

“It’s a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason,” State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez told reporters after the bond hearing.

“(Boyd) was doing nothing and was shot in the back of the head,” Alvarez said. “And in evaluating all the facts that I saw, I felt that his actions were not appropriate, not justified and were reckless.”

Servin has been on desk duty since the shooting, but is expected to be stripped of his police powers.  A Fraternal Order of Police spokesman said Servin is a decorated police veteran who has served since the early 1990s and was trying to defend himself that night.

“It’s a sad day when an officer’s charged for doing something that he’s trained to do,” Pat Camden told reporters at the courthouse.

Servin faces anything from probation to five years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, the most serious charge.

The city previously paid $4.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Boyd’s estate.

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